Guerin Sisters

References to Guerin Sisters

taken from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa,The African.  Written by Himself, 9th Edition, 1794


" We therefore both  with  great  pleasure  got into a  waggon, and  came to London, where we  were  received  by  a  Mr.  Guerin, a  relation of my  master. This gentleman had two sisters, very amiable ladies, who  took  much  notice  and  great  care  of  me."


"Shortly after my  arrival, he sent me to wait upon the Miss Guerins, who  had  treated  me  with  much  kindness when  I  was there before; and they  sent me  to  school."


"I  communicated  my  anxiety  to  the  eldest  Miss  Guerin,  with whom  I  was  become  a  favourite,  and  pressed  her  to  have  me baptized; when,  to  my  great joy,  she  told  me  I  should. She had formerly asked  my  master to let  me  be  baptized, but  he  had  refused; however, she now insisted on it; and he, being under some obligation  to  her  brother,  complied  with  her  request;  so  I  was baptized at St. Margaret’s church, Westminster, in February 1759, by  my  present  name ...  On  this  occasion, Miss  Guerin  and  her brother  did  me  the  honour  to  stand  as  godfather  and  godmother, and  afterwards gave  me  a  treat.  I  used  to  attend these ladies  about  the  town,  in  which  service  I  was  extremely happy; as  I  had  thus very many  opportunities of seeing London, which I
desired  of all  things."


"The Namur being again got ready  for sea, my  master, with his gang,  was  ordered  on  board;  and,  to  my  no  small  grief,  I  was obliged to leave my  school-master, whom I liked very much, and always attended while I stayed in London, to repair on board with my master. Nor did I leave my hnd patronesses, the Miss Guerins,
without  uneasiness  and  regret.  They  often  used  to  teach  me  to read, and took  great pains to instruct me in the principles  of religion, and the knowledge of God. I  therefore parted from those amiable  ladies  with  reluctance;  after  receiving  from  them  many friendly  cautions  how  to  conduct  myself,  and  some  valuable
presents. "


"We  had  a  most  prosperous  voyage,  and,  at  the  end  of  seven weeks,  arrived at  Cherry-garden stairs.443 Thus were  my  longing eyes once more gratified with a sight of London, after having been absent from it above four years.  I immediately received my wages, and I  never had  earned seven guineas so  quick in my  life before;
I  had  thirty-seven guineas in  all, when  I  got  cleared of the  ship. I  now  entered upon  a  scene quite new  to  me, but  full  of hope. In this  situation my  first  thoughts were  to  look  out  for some of my  former friends, and amongst the first of those were  the Miss Guerins. As  soon as  I  had  regaled myself I  went in quest of those
kind  ladies,  whom  I  was  very  impatient to  see;  and, with  some difficulty  and  perseverance,  I  found  them  at  May’s-hill,  Greenwich. They were most agreeably surprised to see me, and I was quite overjoyed at meeting with them."